My name is Ursula and I am an Austrian living in London with my husband and two children.
I used to work as a teacher and even if I do love teaching I have always been missing the element of actually creating a physical product.
And I have been dreaming of running my own shop or place to eat since a long time, too.
I have always been knitting, I still remember that skirt for my doll that I had been knitting in Primary School. It got bigger and bigger as I just couldn’t stop.
There has been a time when I wasn’t particularly proud of being a knitter. Ten, fifteen years ago it was just not cool and I had lots of other things on my mind, too.
But a couple of years ago, I really got into it again and I started to take it more seriously, learning from my mistakes (it really is worth it to get the gauge right before you start knitting the actual piece), improving and learning new techniques.
I have also started to write my own patterns but there is still a long way to go.
Sewing is another craft that I find very interesting. I have learned using a sewing machine in school but I haven’t done much until very recently when I took a couple of sewing classes. I really enjoy making children cloths as you get to use really cute fabrics.
About Atelier Oursonne
I have started my business in April 2013. I am currently selling mainly hand knit items on etsy, so far there is only little sewing involved.
I have also started to teach knitting in the Children Centres in Kensington and Chelsea, London, and the people taking those classes are all mothers or carers of children under 5. It is fantastic opportunity for me to still be able to use my teaching skills and having such a diversity of students coming from all sorts of different backgrounds has really broadened my horizon.
I have chosen the name Oursonne as it means small or young female bear in French which is the meaning of the latin name Ursula. Due to my background as a French teacher and having lived in France for a while, I wanted to keep that connection that sadly seems to be fading away since I am living in yet another country where I had to learn another language.
Atelier just reminds me of the kind of work place that I would love to be working in. Currently my actual workspace is spread over the whole house.
About this blog
On this blog I would like to share not only the ideas and projects that I am working on but also occasionally tutorials or patterns for beginners that I would also be using in my classes.